Lady Tams escape Lady Maroons, near third place finish
Mark Escarlote on Sep 12, 2016 07:03 PM
Far Eastern University turned back University of the Philippines to inch closer to claiming the third place trophy.
Far Eastern University staved off the gutsy University of the Philippines, 25-23, 25-23, 21-25, 21-25, 15-9, Monday in Game 1 of the best-of-three battle for third series to move a step closer in clinching the consolation prize of the 13th V-League Collegiate Conference at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
The Lady Tamaraws squandered a two-set lead but regrouped just in time in the fifth frame to continue its mastery over the Lady Maroons, whom FEU beat in the preliminary round also in five sets.
“Nag-relax kami ng dalawang sets. Sabi ko nga sa kanila, “Grabe kayo magpahinga dalawang sets,”” FEU coach Shaq Delos Santos said. “Sabi ko na lang sa kanila na kalimutan na lang (ang third at fourth sets) and mag-focus na lang sa last set.”
Heather Guino-o showed the way for the Lady Tamaraws with 23 points off 19 kills, two kill blocks and a pair of aces and chipped in on the defensive end with 14 excellent receptions. Toni Basas scored 21 points including 19 kills, Remy Palma nailed four aces in her total of 15 while Celine Domingo added 10 markers for the Morayta-based squad, which played without injured Bernadeth Pons (ankle sprain) for the third straight game.
Game 2 in on Wednesday and if necessary, Game 3 is on Saturday. If the series is tied and the championship showdown between Ateneo de Manila and defending champion National University ends in two games, the third place winner will be determined via tiebreak.
FEU raced to a 10-6 lead in the fifth set before Nicole Timzon fueled UP’s comeback to close the gap, 10-9. Guino-o scored two in the closing five-point spurt of the Lady Tams where the Lady Maroons committed a pair of errors including the game-clinching miscue on an attack.
The Lady Maroons committed 31 errors, seven miscues less than of FEU, but their last three in the fifth did them in.
Tiamzon had 19 points, Isa Molde scored 16 while Diana Carlos posted 15 in a lost cause.
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